BOD Candidates 2020


Beth Reynolds

My name is Beth Reynolds. I currently serve on the Board of Directors at Brashier Middle College Charter High School. I am also a parent of a 9th grader at Brashier and have 2 children who graduated from Brashier. My son is married, a commercial pilot, and owns an air charter business in New Jersey. He and his wife recently gave our family our first grandchild. My middle daughter is a senior at Furman and works in cardiac health. I have been married for 25 years and my husband is a project manager for an electrical company in the upstate. My family lives on a small family farm in Piedmont which is also knows as Papa Bruceís Barnyard. Papa Bruceís Barnyard provides educational field trip experiences for hands-on learning about farms and agriculture embedded in other curriculum areas that are age appropriate. To expands on the experience of Papa Bruceís Barnyard, I wrote a childrenís book that tells about a day in the life of a farmer and what a farmer may experience on a family farm.

My field of expertise is in education as I am certified in early childhood and elementary education, administration, and supervision. I am a graduate of Lander, Furman, and SC State. I hold a doctorate in administration and supervision. I am also a National Board Certified Teacher. I currently work for SC School for the Deaf and the Blind as a service coordinator for age 0 to 3 preparing children for preschool and elementary school who have vision and hearing impairments.

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Why I would like to serve:

As an active member on the Brashier Board of Directors, I would like to continue my service to contribute to discussions and decisions with my educational experience. Being in education for 25 years, I have served on boards, committees, and mentored groups providing information to curriculum development, strategic planning, and supervision. As I continue my service to the board, I will assist in carrying out the schoolís mission, ensure a high standard of academics are provided for students, monitor financial sustainability, involve the school community with informational sessions, ensure school facilities meet the needs of the students and staff, and monitor school accountability data. I look forward to serving on the board for another term and hope to receive your support.

James Sanders  

Greetings. My name is James Sanders. I am a 20 year resident of Simpsonville. I have been married to my wife Myra for 29 years as of May 11th of this year. My three sons have all attended Brashier. Trey was class of 2012, Andrew was class of 2017, and Nate will be class of 2022. I have been a Scout leader since 2001 with the highest honors at District and Council levels. I have been through Woodbadge training, the highest level of adult BSA training as well as serving on staff for this training course twice. I have served in just about every capacity at the unit level in both Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts except Scoutmaster. I served on the Southbounder District Committee for several years acting as Cub Scout Daycamp Director from 2005 thru 2008. I served as Resident Camp Director for the Blue Ridge Council from 2009 thru 2010 as well as being a part of the Council Daycamp Accreditation Team until 2012. My greatest achievement in Scouting is not my own however, as my two oldest are Eagle scouts and Nate is working on Eagle currently. I served for 12 years on my HOA Board of Directors. During that time I served as Member at Large, Vice President and was Treasurer for a number of years. I have owned and operated a home improvement business called All Decked Out in the upstate for the last 22 years which has given me an opportunity to serve the needs of hundreds if not over a thousand homeowners.  

Why I would like to serve:

I have a large number of contacts through my years in Scouting and from owning and operating All Decked Out, and I believe that my business and community volunteering experience give me a unique perspective and would make me a great resource for the school and college. I have helped organize and participated extensively in fundraising campaigns, planned and participated in numerous service projects, and helped to organize and carry out countless events and activities. It would also give me an opportunity to give back to the school for the difference it has made in my boys' lives. As a parent, I was able to watch them go through the high school process and experience at Brashier Middle College Charter High School. I believe this vantage point will give me a perspective that allows me to advocate for the individual student, while also looking out for the best interest of the school as a whole. Please consider giving me the honor to serve the school in the capacity of Board Member. Thank you in advance for your confidence and consideration.  


Chris Jones  

My name is Chris Jones, and Iím a 35-year-old resident of Greenville. I married Molly Orr of High Point, North Carolina in 2015, and we have two young sons. Hunter is 3 years old, and Henry is 4 months old. I grew up in Easley, South Carolina, and Graduated from Presbyterian College in 2007. While at Presbyterian I studied Philosophy and Religion. My Junior and Senior year I served as the Chairman of the Honor Council, and president of my fraternity, Kappa Alpha Order. I graduated from PC Cum Laude in 2007. I then moved to Charleston, and attended Charleston School of Law, where I graduated in 2010. After law school I spent eight years as a prosecutor in various parts of the state. The last three years as a prosecutor I was on the violent crime task force, and focused primarily on child abuse cases. I started my own law practice in April of 2018 in Greenville. Last year I became a part-time municipal judge for the City of Easley. I would enjoy the opportunity to serve on the Board of Directors for Brashier Middle College Charter High School. Charter schools provide a unique experience for children in our community, and serve their needs well. I believe my back ground in criminal justice, and legal training would allow me to provide a distinct perspective on the Board. Iíve heard great things about the faculty and staff at Brashier Middle College, and look forward to helping in any way I can.

Why I would like to serve:

I would enjoy the opportunity to serve on the Board of Directors for Brashier Middle College Charter High School. Charter schools provide a unique experience for children in our community, and serve their needs well. I believe my back ground in criminal justice, and legal training would allow me to provide a distinct perspective on the Board. Iíve heard great things about the faculty and staff at Brashier Middle College, and look forward to helping in any way I can.


Nelson Pinochet  

Hi, Iím originally from Santiago, Chile and have lived in the USA since I was a teenager. I attended High School and college in Buffalo, NY. Iíve also lived in Phoenix, AZ and Minneapolis, MN. My wife (Kim) and I have been in Greenville for the past 20 years, where we have raised our two daughters (Sydney and Brigitte) - both enrolled at BMC. Sydney graduated last year and is now studying at the UofSC. Brigitte is a rising senior who has been a member of the Brashierís Cross-Country and Basketball teams Ė as well as several clubs. Professionally, I lead IBMís Governance Risk and Compliance (GRC) Solutions team worldwide. I have over 25 years of experience in software solutions pursuing roles in consulting, project management, product management, marketing and technical sales. Before joining IBM, I worked at OpenPages, Infor/Datastream, and Motorola. I hold an MBA in International Business from the University of South Carolina.

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Why I would like to serve:

As a board member for the past 4 years, Iíve become proficient with the role, the expectations, and the decisions that must be made regarding the schoolís strategic direction. Iíve been a member of the boardís Finance Committee and the Compliance Committee. In these areas Iíve been able to work several initiatives ranging from budgeting, financing, re-writing the schoolís charter as well as the recent selection of the schoolís new authorizer. Iím also very passionate about education and what it means to our childrenís personal fulfillment, educational growth, and their contribution to our rapidly changing world. Additionally, my family members who are educators have given me their perspective of our educational system Ė its attributes and shortcomings. Lastly, as a longtime resident of the Upstate, Iím compelled to make our school and our community the best it can be.  


Frederick Wernsing  

I was born and raised in northern New Jersey, outside of New York City. After high school, I moved to Clemson University to get my Mechanical Engineering degree. My family thought I was crazy for relocating 800 miles away, but I was captivated by Clemson and its beauty.

After I graduated from Clemson, I moved to Greenville and decided to stay. I love the town and surrounding areas. I put down roots, got married here, and have two children. My older child, Nathan, is a student at Greenville Tech. He hopes to transfer to Clemson in the Fall or Spring of 2021. My daughter, Brianna, is currently a ninth grader at Brashier Middle College.

I was very fortunate to be part of a school system in New Jersey that was outstanding. They provided me with a foundation that I could take anywhere and prepared me well for college. My kids will tell you that I frequently expound upon the value of a sound education, solid reasoning, and a passion for continuous growth.  

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Why I would like to serve:

Why run for the board? I am currently a board member for the Carolina Youth Symphony, and it has been an invaluable experience. I was asked to be on the board after my daughter quit playing viola to pursue other interests, but I love music and the mission and was thrilled to be able to serve in this capacity.

For me, serving on the board is about making our area better by enriching the lives of our students. With better education, you have more options in life. Education opens doors. A great school attracts dedicated and passionate teachers, like we have at Brashier. Further, since Brashier is a charter school, it is important to appeal not just to prospective parents, but to students as well.

I would appreciate your vote to give me the opportunity to be a part of serving our school. The vision of Brashier is "to positively impact communities by applying knowledge and influencing others." I would love to be a part of bringing that vision to fruition. Thank you.  


David Conley

I have run a local financial planning business in SImpsonville for over 25 years. Raised two kids (one attended Brashier), and currently have a 9 yr old adopted daughter. I have a BA in Accounting from Liberty University, and am a CFP (Certified Financial Planner). Have served the board in an interim capacity for the past 6 months or so.

Why I would like to serve:

I believe in school choice. Our community needs a local school with high academic standards, required parental involvement, small classroom size. This school should provide local students the opportunity to excel both academically & socially in an environment that challenges them to grow in these area's.